Wednesday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

Miranda Pacheco
Miranda Pacheco

5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. Today will be partly cloudy and windy with chances of rain and snow in the morning, then chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 40s to mid 50s with northeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy and breezy with lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s.
  2. City workers said they’re not getting the raises they’ve been promised, but now it looks like Albuquerque’s next mayor and city councilors will get a big pay hike. The independent commission that approved the raises bumping the next mayors pay about $16,000 more a year. City councilors will jump from about $17,000 to $30,000. The commission says it will put their wages in line with other southwest cities.
  3. As the measles outbreak continues to spread, the state’s largest school district is now getting tough on student vaccinations. APS sent a letter home yesterday saying shot records must be up to date by Feb. 20 or parents will need to get an exemption. Santa Fe Public Schools did the same previously, saying it would ban kids from class if vaccinations were not up to par.
  4. The FAA is looking for the person who is shining lasers at planes which are landing at the Sunport and distracting pilots. If you think it’s only fun and games, think again. Officials said the latest “lasing” happened Sunday night as a FedEx plane was landing at the Sunport. Someone pointed the green beam of light into the cockpit, lighting it up. Both pilots suffered eye injuries and were taken to the hospital to be checked out.
  5. KRQE News 13 dug for answers and found that there were plans to bring the Beach water park back to life in Santa Rosa nine years ago. That dream didn’t become reality because residents objected. The city still has several pieces of the park, including slides, but they’re now just collecting dust. There no plans to move forward with the water park.

Top Morning Headlines

A woman who was considered to be one of Albuquerque’s most dangerous drivers, and even killed someone while behind the wheel, will now be charged for a crash where she slammed into a building. The charges for Miranda Pacheco came after KRQE News 13 started pressing APD for answers. The crash happened nearly eight months ago and there were no DWI charges. Pacheco gave a blood sample after admitting she’d done heroin. APD says it took the state lab more than four months to get test results back to them because of under staffing.

Two Hayes Middle School students were hit on Monday while they were crossing the intersection of Lomas and Tennessee. They were not seriously hurt and police found the kids at fault. KRQE News 13 monitored traffic after school on Tuesday in an area where drivers are supposed to go 20. We clocked them in at 40.  APS said since it’s not on school property, it’s up to police to put a crossing guard there. The city says police work with the schools to decide where crossing guards should go, but the priority is elementary schools. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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